Birds of a feather

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Hope is the thing with feathers/ That perches in the soul,/ And sings the tune without the words,/ And never stops at all,/ And sweetest in the gale is heard;/ And sore must be the storm/ That could abash the little bird/ That kept so many warm.

from “Hope is the thing with feathers” by Emily Dickinson
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Light experiment created after listening to this beautiful piece of music from the Found Songs project by Ólafur Arnalds whilst watching starlings perform aerobatics in the sky. *Such murmurations, as they are called, are a testament to the amazing, complex behaviours that animals are capable of. Until very recently, the beautiful collective movements of starlings have defied rational explanation and scientists are only just beginning to understand how they do it.

The starlings’ displays are so complicated that they are being researched by physicists, aeronautical engineers, mathematicians and computer scientists, as well as biologists. All are keen to reveal their secrets. But with that comes a reminder: that we don’t always need to ask why. Sometimes, maybe we should just sit back and enjoy the show?

*Original source BBC Earth News